European Blue Card: Who? How? Why?


More and more people from all over the globe are drawn to Europe. Many of the EU countries are considered to have stable and fast-developing economies, as well as being open-minded and safe. Both, European and foreign nationals living in the EU enjoy high wages, free university education and visa-free travel. Also, Europe happens to be home to some of the world’s largest companies and fastest growing industries. Such as automotive, biotech, engineering, IT, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and many more.

Foreign workers considering moving to the EU are required to obtain residence and work permits. However, if you are not sure what European country will become your next home and would like to test several options before settling, you should consider getting an EU Blue Card.   

What is an EU Blue Card?

The Blue Card is an approved EU-wide work permit allowing high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union, excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Who can apply for the EU Blue Card?

  • Highly-qualified or skilled workers
  • Researchers
  • Seasonal workers
  • Intra-corporate transfers
  • Self-employed
  • Entrepreneurs

EU Blue Card requirements

In order to apply for the EU blue Card, except for being a non-EU citizen and a qualified worker, you will also need the following documents:

  • A recognised university diploma
  • A valid work contract of at least one year in the hosting state
  • The proof of salary at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary paid in the Member State
  • A valid travel document. In specific cases a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa
  • Health insurance proof

EU Blue Card Validity

The EU Blue Card is valid from 1 up to 4 years depending on your work contract. If your work contract gets extended, you can renew your EU Blue Card accordingly. After the expiration date of the EU Blue Card, you are granted 3 additional months in order to provide you with a sufficient amount of time to extend or find another job, should circumstances change.

Benefits of the EU Blue Card

The EU Blue Card holders are eligible to many benefits except for housing, loans and grant. These include:

  • Equal work and salary conditions to national citizens
  • Free movement throughout EU
  • Permanent-residency rights
  • Social rights, including education, economic, cultural, human and health

We have covered the main requirements for obtaining The EU Blue Card, however, terms and conditions vary on your country of origin and personal circumstances. With numerous nuances and strict deadlines, application for the EU Blue card can become stressful. Contact Bradford Jacobs today to discover how our legal team can assist you with your European work permit needs.